Stinky Boots...?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Offcamber, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. Offcamber

    Offcamber Long timer

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    My riding boots (Sidi Adventure Rain) wreak....I don't normally suffer from stink foot but the boots are getting ripe...

    What do you use to control the odor?

    I've been using Lysol but now they just smell like a garbage can someone sprays Lysol on.....
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  2. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Dryer sheets, the smell good kind.
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  3. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    Put boots in a garbage bad, seal and put in freezer for hour. It kills the bacteria and the stink
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  4. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    I've never found anything that really worked. Once they stink, well, they continue to stink.

    I'll spray lysol in there, in the hopes of killing something. Plus the fumes of lysol overwhelms the other stench, at least for a day or two. Then it becomes an interesting, if pungent, blend.

    I've also got something for shoes, like Renewzit or such. It helps. Again, only for a day or two.
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  5. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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  6. snowbilly

    snowbilly Been here awhile

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    +1

    Best if you put them in from the beginning. Try using the standard foot deodorizers sold in drug stores (in the foot care section) then leave the dryer sheets in for a few days. We always store ours with those sheets in place.

    rw
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  7. zeeede

    zeeede Long timer

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    My feet sweat and lead to stink. I have boot warmers/dryers I bought for my ski boots (they're hard as dickens to get on when they're cold) to dry out my motorcycle boots after each ride in the summer.

    Like this:

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  8. Juggernaut

    Juggernaut Been here awhile

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    Why not just use a pair of good ol' fashioned Odor Eaters. Charcoal cleansing is the most effective method.
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  9. luckygrownup

    luckygrownup Been here awhile

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    I cleaned mine out with helmet cleaner after wearing them everyday for a week in the summer. They needed three treatments to get rid of the stink.
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  10. Snarky

    Snarky Vodka Infused.

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    Well, part of the problem is preventing what caused the stench in the first place. If you're already changing socks once a day, you may need to do it twice a day.

    I would pull the insoles out and blast it with lysol again, let it dry, then hit it with automotive febreze. I would also grab a boot dryer and start putting them on it. If water is getting in the top somehow, I would try to prevent that. You may also want to check out an anti-fungal for your foot and start using it, maybe also put some in your boots.
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  11. 16VGTIDave

    16VGTIDave Reaver made me do it...

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    My feet sweat. All the time, even when cold. I've found that wool socks help with wicking the sweat away, and keeping the odour down. Changing socks part way through the day also helps. Spraying my feet with an aerosol anti-perspirant first thing in the morning helps reduce the sweating and makes my feet smell nice for a couple hours. :D
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  12. bete

    bete misguided adventurer

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    I have noticed on my boots the sidi's with the knock off goretex tend to get stinky and the ones with real goretex don't. bete.
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  13. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    You gotta kill the little bastard bacteria and fungi that are shitting their stankfunk all over the inside of your boots.

    Get the unscented version of Lysol spray. Even better, get the generic store brand version. What you're after is the alcohol that is the main active ingredient (there's allegedly a vanishingly small amount of antifungal in there too). Alcohol kills fungi and bacteria, but you have to use lots. Again, get the unscented version -- the scented stuff just makes things worse by adding shitty perfume to toefunk.

    Now douse the innards of those dank boots with the spray. Not just a dainty spritz here and there. Hose 'em down. Use about half a can. Get those nooks and crannies sopping, soaking wet. Squish it around a little.

    Hear all the tiny screams?

    After an hour or so of grim microbe armageddon, put the boots on a boot dryer, or prop 'em open in front of a fan on low for a day or two.

    Enjoy.
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  14. max384

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    Get a boot dryer. They're AMAZING! I have this PEET dryer I got from Amazon. It's way better than any lysol or foot powder/spray if you use it nightly. I commute on my bike and wear my boots (which also happen to be Sidi Adventures) every day. My boot dryer is right by the door. As soon as I take off my boots I put them on the dryer and set it for four hours (max. time) and forget about it. I also use foot spray about once a week or so, but I honestly don't think that's really doing much; it's all the dryer.

    My kids have terribly smelly soccer cleats that used to stink up the house. Since getting this boot dryer, the smell is mostly gone. It's not a miracle fix-all, as there is still some smell in my boots and shoes, but it's a night and day difference over foot sprays and lysol and the like.

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  15. GSDonovan

    GSDonovan There and back again

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    Wash them every once in a while with soap and water....and I use cedar wooden shoe inserts every time I take them off at work or at home...dries them and neutralizes the smell. This process works fine for me...you can get the wooden inserts at men's suit stores that also sell dress shoes.

    Aerostitch also sells cedar chip-filled sock thingies that are made to be put in your boots...work similar to the above.
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  16. pizzaboy

    pizzaboy retiring tomorrow

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  17. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    You might just have to invest in a couple of pairs of boots so you can rotate which ones are being worn and which ones are being dried.

    Don't get stuff to mask the smell, get stuff that kills the stuff that makes the smell, then keep them from coming back.
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  18. rbrsddn

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    Make a mild bleach solution, and fill the boots. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse, stuff with newspapers. The smell will be gone.
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  19. GHO100

    GHO100 Crazy George

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    I keep a little spray bottle of isopropyl in my tank bag and spray my sidi's on the inside every time I take them off for a few days if they start smelling a little funky.

    Seems to do a good job
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  20. FlyFishJeff

    FlyFishJeff Been here awhile

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    I like this idea to get rid of the stink, and I recommend these to prevent the stink from returning:
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